Columbus police cancel statewide Amber Alert for 9-year-old boy

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LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — The Columbus Police Department has cancelled the Amber Alert for 9-year-old Eli Opembe.

Police say on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m., Opembe was taken by his non-custodial mother Verona Thomas, 38, from Carrington Ridge Drive in the city of Lewis Center.

Columbus police tell FOX 8 News the Amber Alert has been cancelled as of Sept. 9 at 3:24 p.m.

Eli Opembe was taken by his non-custodial mother Verona Thomas, according to authorities.

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